With the game initially deadlocked at 3-3, Andover Boys Lacrosse surged ahead of Tabor in the second half to secure a dominant 10-5 win on Wednesday.
Andover’s win against Tabor, which followed an 11-4 loss to Deerfield on Saturday, brought the team’s record to 4-5.
The team got off to a slow start in the first two periods against Tabor, but it picked up its pace in the second half and netted seven goals.
Cormac Zachar ’18 said, “We got off to a slow start today but played a very good third and fourth quarter to solidify our lead after the half.”
Co-Captain and Post-Graduate (PG) Nick Ellerton ’16 said, “Overall we played a great team game today. We came out a little slow in the first quarter especially but we really picked up the intensity as the game went on. The offense distributed the ball well and fought through the rain and a tough defense to put up ten goals. There were some sloppy moments, but they held it together to pull out the win.”
“We came out trying to match [Tabor’s] intensity. In the first half we made some mistakes and ended up at a 3-3 tie. In the second, despite the heavy rain, we were able to come out strong and put in a couple of goals. Our offense found its groove, and we worked well together to finish off long possessions,” said Reed Findlay ’18.
Throughout the game, many different players were able to make an impact on the score, with the defensemen especially putting up a strong performance.
Findlay said, “It’s always nice when a bunch of different players contribute. This game was full of all different guys stepping up big time.”
“Defensively we played a strong team game. A few mental lapses allowed them to keep it close in the first half, but we were able to shut the door in the second half holding them to only five goals in total,” said Ellerton.
On Saturday, Andover fell to Deerfield. Despite the score, the team was proud of its performance throughout the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Andover’s exhaustion allowed Deerfield to secure the victory.
Larson Tolo ’18 said, “We actually played very well in the Deerfield game. We held them to three goals at halftime and kept the score close heading into the fourth quarter. We played very well defensively and were able to get good possessions on offense. However, we were only able to hold on for so long because they had an incredibly deep roster and we were playing mostly the same guys all game, so it became too much to handle. We fell to them in the fourth quarter, making a bunch of mistakes because of exhaustion. Overall, we played a solid game and hopefully we can take the heart and energy we displayed at Deerfield into our next contests.”
Looking ahead, the team will face Loomis Chaffee on Saturday.